Social Work Week, March 9 -13, 2015: Something for Everyone

Miami University’s Second Annual Social Work Week is both a celebration and a learning opportunity for students from a variety of majors campus-wide, as well as for faculty and community members. One of the key events, “What can I do with this major?,” hosted this year by Career Services, addresses the spectrum of careers available in the helping professions. Throughout the week, a series of panel discussions, lectures, and book signings feature alumni along with their colleagues in the field. Entertainment, performances and luncheon “meet and greet” enhance the week’s activities.

The culminating events on Thursday include the “Social Service/Nonprofit Job, Internship, Grad School & Volunteer Expo” and the “Community Thank You and Awards Reception,” followed by an informational session on “Federal, State & Local Government Jobs” at Shriver Hall, hosted by Career Services.

Sherrill Sellers is the director of the social work program and a professor in the department of family studies and social work (FSW). “There really will be something for everyone,” says Sellers, “Social Work Week provides students with an excellent opportunity for networking with community agencies, alumni and representatives of Miami partnerships.” Sellers adds that last year’s inaugural event drew 500 students, faculty and community members. “The participation exceeded our expectations,” says Sellers, “and we hope to build upon that success this year.”

Sellers notes that Miami’s Social Work Week is held in conjunction with National Social Work Awareness Month, and that the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015. On behalf of the College of Education, Health and Society, Sellers extends special thanks to the FSW 406B class of social work students who are organizing Social Work Week as a class assignment.

Social Work Week March 9 -13, 2015: All Lives Matter

Day 1–Monday, March 9:  Educational Paths and Options in Helping Professions

  • 9:00-9:50am “I wish someone told me that when I was in school.” McGuffey, Room 118
    • Learn firsthand from social workers with a wide range of insights and experiences
    • Brief panel with informal meet/greet and Q/A
    • Coffee/juice bar with morning light bites
  • Noon-1pm: FSW Informational Luncheon for Current & Prospective Majors, Commons, 2nd fl McG
    • Luncheon meet & greet with FSW faculty; Pizza lunch & drinks provided
    • For FSW majors, minors, master’s degree and all prospective students
    • Meet/greet with FSW faculty; ‘speed-dating’ format to ask questions
    • Advance registration preferred: FSW office (101 McGuffey) or MU SW Facebook page
  • 4:00-5:30pm: Considering a career in a helping profession? What can I do with this degree?
    • McGuffey Hall, Room 322; Food and drinks provided; hosted by MU Career Services.
    • A multidisciplinary panel and moderated discussion with Miami alum to learn about the options, opportunities and differences among several helping professions.
    • Panel members and faculty will be present from the following areas: Family Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Gerontology, Educational Psychology and Sociology.
    • Panelists will be answering the question “What can I do with this degree?” as well as Q/A from the audience. The program will also include small groups led by the panelists.

Day 2–Tuesday, March 10:   Graduation Preparation and Social Justice Programs on Race

  • Noon-1pm: Ten Things Every Student Should Know Before Graduation 418 McGuffey Hall
    • Robert Shields, NASW Ohio Chapter Student Representative; lunch provided
    • Includes recommendations for making your resume standout
  • 1:00-2:00: An Introduction to the ASWB Licensure Exam 418 McGuffey
    • Danielle Smith, Director, Ohio Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
    • For BSW, MASW students, grads and professionals planning to take the exam
  • 5:00-9:00pm: Crank up the Noise: An evening of speakers, music and speak out with open mic on race in our community Armstrong Center, Pavillion C
    • Free, open to all, come to any or all events; all events in Armstrong Pavillion C.
    • 5:00 Speaker Crystal Laura, “Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline”
    • 5:45 “Real Talk” Co-facilitators speak out with open mic on race at Miami: Adrian Gaskins, faculty, Black World Studies and social work student Kevon Armstrong.
    • 6:30 Reception, “Meet the Authors” and book signing with: Crystal Laura:  Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (2014). Ruth Nicole Brown: Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy (2008) and Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood (2013).
    • 7:00 Interactive performance by WeLevitate after the reception
    • Co-hosted by College of Education Health and Society Deans’ Office, Diversity and Student Engagement Council, Family Studies and Social Work Department, Black Women Empowered, and Critical Youth Studies Thematic Sequence, Department of Educational Leadership.

Day 3–Wednesday, March 11: Social Work in Action: Campus-wide Advocacy and Activism

  • 9:10 – 9:30am Mindfulness Meditation hosted by Suzanne Klatt, FSW faculty, Armstrong, 2039
  • All day: Campus-wide advocacy actions, public awareness campaign and day of service with Family Studies & Social Work Organization and Miami Chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society

Day 4–Thursday, March 12 Career Building and Networking

  • 2:00-4:00pm: Social Service/Nonprofit Job, Internship, Grad School & Volunteer Expo
    • McGuffey Hall 1st floor, free resources and giveaways
    • Open to all majors—meet with agency and university reps; bring your resume
    • Information and leads for job, graduate school, internship and volunteer opportunities
    • FSW Resource table featuring options in the FSW bachelors and masters programs
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Community Thank You and Awards Reception McGuffey Hall Commons, 2nd floor
    • Light bites/refreshments; Open to all students, faculty, staff, community & agency reps
    • Meet, greet and network with community members, alumni, faculty and students
    • Welcome by EHS Interim Dean Dr. Susan Moseley Howard
    • Honor a social service agency in the community on behalf of FSW
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Federal, State & Local Government Jobs SHRIVER JDOL-A
    • Hosted by Career Services, open to all majors
    • Connect with Miami Alum to learn what employers value in prospective interns and employees.

Social Work Week is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Family Studies and Social Work; Dean’s Office, College of Education, Health and Society; Partnership Office, College of Education Health and Society; a grant from the Eloise Martin Teaching Enhancement Fund, and with support from Miami University’s Career Services as well as several other groups on campus. Thank you! TuesExam Change2 Social Work students and food driveStudentExam


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